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Old September 28, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Can I ask U 4 your opinion on what my son should start to look at for his new gaming PC? his budget is around $750 +/- what mom and dad will kick in if warranted, and he would like it to look cool if it doesn't cost to much more? I don't know where to start?

E8500 $189
asus p5k pro $104
4gb ddrII 800m $89
evga 9600 gt ssc $109
500g WD HD $90
light scribe DVD burner $40
case? PSU? Sound card?

Any suggestions or comments would B appreciated as he just sold his old PC and is quite anxious get building!
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Old September 28, 2008, 09:21 AM
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A 9600Gt won't be the best for gaming, you might want to try to find a better option there in $200 range (4850/9800 for example). Also, don't forget to include a heatsink and fans in the budget.
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Old September 28, 2008, 09:37 AM
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Here's a bundle at NCIX that might help you out.

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Palit GeForce 9800GT 512MB Video Card & Corsair TX750W Power Supply - 9800GT-TX750W In Canada.

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Old September 28, 2008, 10:03 AM
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Great advice Squeetard. I agree go for the 4850. All top notch suggestions for a budget build with some serious gaming potential. GL with the build sirhc
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Old September 28, 2008, 10:06 AM
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What monitor is he going to use?
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Old September 28, 2008, 10:30 AM
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right now he is using an Insignia LCD 15" flat screen TV, eventually he will upgrade to something a little nicer what do you recommend?
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Old September 28, 2008, 10:33 AM
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22'' LCDs can be had for around $200 now, not expensive at all for a great upgrade over a 15''.
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Old September 28, 2008, 12:43 PM
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Awww man, reality check time. If you build the system we recommended you are getting the fastest mainstream computer out there. Really the only place you can go from there is into the stupid zone of enthusiast gear where a $1000 cpu will gain you only 20% over this. You need to upgrade that monitor asap. The system is wasted with that display. Like watching Jessica alba in Hd, through an aquarium full of dirty water.

gimme a bit and I'll do you another system where we drop a bit on your box and maybe save enough for a decent monitor.
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Old September 28, 2008, 02:23 PM
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8800GT can usually be found for around $100 which would leave another $100 to be found for a monitor.
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